In honor of the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay's birth, CLAGS and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee will sponsor a weekend conference exploring Hay's life and ideas and the multiple facets of LGBT life that Harry Hay himself pioneered. These aspects will be organized around four major themes: the arts, political activism, spirituality and sexual identities. The conference will feature presentations from scholars, activists and artists all exploring the evolution of LGBT life in the 60+ years since Hay and a small cohort of Californians founded the Mattachine Society.

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Saturday, September 29 • 10:45am - 12:30pm
Lavender Left, Part I: Homosexuality and Radicalism in 20th-Century U.S.

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  • Bettina Aptheker, Queering The History of the Communist Party, USA
  • Dayo Gore, “My Pattern of Life”: Gender, Sexuality and the Left In Pauli Murray's Political Vision 
  • Aaron Lecklider, “To Be One With The People”: Homosexuality in the Cultural Front
  • Avram Finkelstein, Silence = Death
  • Moderator: Amy Hoffman


Bettina Aptheker

Bettina Aptheker is Professor, Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. Her most recent book is Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech and Became a Feminist Rebel (2006). Her current research focuses on queering the history of the Communist Left... Read More →

Avram Finkelstein

Independent Artist and Writer, Member Gran Fury Art Collective

Dayo Gore

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Amy Hoffman


Aaron Lecklider

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Saturday September 29, 2012 10:45am - 12:30pm EDT
KC 808 NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

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